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Local rabbi on lecture tour of Europe

May 16, 2008

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet is taking time away from Mill Hill Synagogue to embark on a whistle-stop lecture tour of Europe. He is addressing audiences in Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus under the auspices of the European Jewish Study Network. This follows his inclusion in a programme of Euro-shiurim viewable on YouTube. Said EJSN director Rabbi Sholom Liberow: “We could have filled up a two-week programme for him, but he was only available for one.”

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Student's iPod pillow invention works like a dream

May 16, 2008

Students at King David High have scooped their second Young Enterprise award of the year. Their ISnoooze company invented a pillow that plays iPod music. The Year 10 students distributed the product in the school and are currently in discussions with a local airport for further distribution rights. The 14-strong student team also picked up the “most innovative product award” at the Trafford Centre Trade Fair earlier this year.

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Eyes on spectacle exhibition for a second time

May 16, 2008

Spectacles featured in a Liverpool exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day are to be displayed again. Respectacles was an artwork created from 100,000 pairs of glasses donated by the public. Daniel Radcliffe and Tony Blair were among political and showbiz stars who contributed. Sam and Elise Beilin and the Richard Beilin Memorial Fund sponsored the artwork. Sam Beilin said that he was grateful to Liverpool City Council for assistance. The exhibition at World Museum Liverpool runs until August 17.

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High hopes for ambitious eighth One Day Limmud

May 16, 2008

This year’s Leeds One Day Limmud is set to be the biggest in its eight-year history, say organisers of the event. A crowd of more than 400 is anticipated at the event to be staged at the Weetwood Hall Hotel on June 22. Linda Rosen, Leeds Limmud co-ordinator, said: “This will be our most ambitious event.” Further details can be found on www.limmud.org or via email: leeds@limmud.org.

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Big turnout for Birmingham's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 2008

Nearly 100 people attended a Holocaust commemoration held at Witton Jewish Cemetery in the presence of Lord Mayor, Councillor Randal Brew. The Representative Council chose the Jews of Greece for the commemoration. Psalms were sung by Birmingham Hebrew Congregation choir.

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Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 2008

More than 100 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience that he was proud to be in Newcastle during the display of the exhibition about Janusz Korczak, as he had been instrumental, with the Jewish Museum, in putting together the exhibition. Newcastle Reform Synagogue also held a Yom Hashoah service, led by its president Bennie Ross.

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Ajex's North-East to take part in Israel's 60th anniversary events

May 9, 2008

Members of the Newcastle and North-East Branch of Ajex are to take part in Israel’s 60th anniversary events. The branch standard is to be paraded in  Israel and two plaques will be presented: one to the Parachute Brigade, of which Newcastle and North East Branch member David Bell is being made an honorary member, and the other to Kibbutz Ein Gedi.

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Sheffield's Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Some 70 people from both Sheffield’s Orthodox and Reform congregations attended a Yom Hashoah service at Kingfield Synagogue. There were readings by members of both congregations and memorial candles lit by community members Dorothy Flemming, Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Werner Sussenwein, Peter Meyer, Sue Pearson and Adrian Rubenstein.

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Harrogate and Leeds communities join American forces for remembrance

May 9, 2008

Around 50 people from the Harrogate and Leeds communities joined American forces personnel at Menwith Hill Station for a “day of remembrance” service. The theme of the event at the army base, organised by the station’s chaplain, Rabbi Henry Soussan, was “remembering Kristallnacht 1938”. The visitors included Holocaust survivors Arek Hersh and Lily Pollock.

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Film of Poland visit showed at local Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Some 150 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. A group of Leeds teenagers who visited Poland last year on a trip, headed by Israeli emissary Asaf Segev, showed a film of the visit, which included commentary by Shoah survivor Arek Hersh, who had accompanied them on the trip.

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